Amber Rudd is the Member of Parliament for Hastings & Rye and the Home Secretary. Amber has served the residents of Hastings and Rye since May 2010. During this time Amber overseen huge improvements to education standards, enhancements in health care services, vast infrastructure investment, falls in unemployment, creation of private sector jobs, thousands of families lifted out of paying tax, big gains for the local fishing fleets and much more.
Having lived in Hastings Old Town since 2007, Amber understands the pressures and concerns on those living in Hastings and Rye, and that is why Amber’s focus has been on job creation, business investment, reducing unemployment and keeping the cost of living as low as possible.
With a background in business and finance, Amber has been able to put the constituency back on a steady keel and help encourage business to grow and invest in the people of Hastings and Rye. Before being elected to represent local residents as their MP, Amber championed the cause for better payment terms to local businesses for suppliers to the Council. At the time Amber said, “with my experience in working with businesses, I know how important cashflow is.”
Amber sat as a Conservative member on the DEFRA Select Committee arguing for improvements to small local fishing fleets, like those found in Hastings and Rye. In September 2012 she was appointed the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP. Amber sat on David Cameron’s Cabinet as the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from 2015 and is now the Home Secretary under Prime Minister Theresa May MP.
Before Parliament, Amber started her working career at an investment bank, before moving into venture capital – particularly focusing on helping small businesses expand and raise money to help with their development plans. Professionally, she then moved into specialising in recruitment and started writing for financial publications about small companies, financing and recruitment.
Amber is the mother of two children – one at University and the other is a budding entrepreneur. She enjoys relaxing by walking in Hastings Country Park, roaming around the towns of Hastings and Rye and surrounding villages, and visiting friends in and around the constituency.